Black Belt - - SCREEN SHOTS -

In MMA bouts, com­pres­sion locks are sel­dom used to end fights. They’re used much more of­ten in sub­mis­sion-grap­pling com­pe­ti­tions to elicit a tapout. Their use is of­ten lim­ited to the ad­vanced di­vi­sions in sub­mis­sion-grap­pling events be­cause of the above-men­tioned dan­gers, which are more likely to af­flict the in­ex­pe­ri­enced.

One rea­son com­pres­sion locks are used in­fre­quently in MMA is they’re spe­cial­ized and un­ortho­dox. Most mixed mar­tial artists would be bet­ter off re­ly­ing on high-per­cent­age sub­mis­sions like the rear-naked choke and arm­bar. In grap­pling, how­ever, com­peti­tors tend to have more sub­mis­sion tools in their tool­box. That fact, cou­pled with the ab­sence of strikes, means you have a much greater chance of see­ing a com­pres­sion lock in ac­tion.

In­cor­po­rat­ing the three locks de­scribed here into your grap­pling ar­se­nal will in­crease your sub­mis­sion-hunt­ing abil­ity. They can be em­ployed from a va­ri­ety of po­si­tions on the mat, mak­ing them a real threat that’s of­ten to­tally un­ex­pected. As you prac­tice them, re­mem­ber the cau­tion­ary words of Dr. Joseph Est­wanik. No one wants to in­flict a se­ri­ous in­jury on a train­ing part­ner.

Fi­nally, even if you never use a com­pres­sion lock, the knowl­edge you’ve gained from this ar­ti­cle will help you avoid be­ing sub­mit­ted by one of them. As in all mar­tial arts, know­ing the na­ture of the threat you face is es­sen­tial to be­ing vic­to­ri­ous.

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